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'Alias' star returns to her roots

Charleston, W.Va. -- The star of "Alias" is happy to be home for the holidays.

Jennifer Garner is spending the Christmas season away from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and in the town where she was raised. This year, she brought a new family member -- her 7-month-old Labrador retriever named Martha Stewart.

"I spend all year waiting to come home," Garner said to WCHS-TV. "I can't wait to go to (a Charleston bookstore) and have my first latte. ... I was raised by the community. I still feel very loved. It's so comforting to be home. I feel like I could come home and sit in a hundred different laps and be taken care of."

Oprah still America's favorite

Los Angeles -- Oprah Winfrey retained her title this year as America's favorite TV personality, according to a recent poll.

The Harris Interactive poll, released Wednesday, named the talk show host the most popular TV figure for the second year in a row. She also won in 1998 and 2000.

David Letterman took second place this year, followed by Bill O'Reilly, Ray Romano and Jay Leno.

Other celebrities to make the top 10 were Dr. Phil McGraw and "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, who tied for sixth place. William Petersen, of the drama series "CSI," came in eighth, while Whoopi Goldberg finished ninth. Jennifer Aniston, Ellen DeGeneres and Martin Sheen tied for 10th place.

Costner made romantic moves

New York -- When Kevin Costner proposed to his fiancee, Christine Baumgartner, it wasn't a big production, but it was a romantic one.

In June, the actor covered their bedroom in rose petals and lit candles. Then he got down on one knee and gave her a diamond ring from the 1880s.

"He talked for a really long time about us, what we were like together," Baumgartner told InStyle Weddings magazine for its spring issue. "It was so un-Hollywood, so him. He picked the roses from our garden. It was beautiful, better than I ever could have imagined."

Costner, 48, and Baumgartner, a 29-year-old bag designer, plan to marry in September at his ranch outside Aspen, Colo.

Aniston sheds tears for 'Friends'

New York -- Jennifer Aniston went on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and did what everyone does on "The Oprah Winfrey Show": She cried.

"She was doing a show about our final year, and there was an audience, and I, unfortunately, am one of those blithering idiots who cried on 'Oprah,"' the "Friends" co-star told Vogue magazine for its January issue.

"I couldn't stop myself. I really wish I hadn't but it was this reality check. We've all been in sort of a state of denial about the ending of 'Friends' and this kind of made it real."

Aniston, 34, wasn't the only one shedding tears.

"I think even Oprah got a little misty," she said. "It was just something that took us by surprise."

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